After gaining notice in his native England as a writer and sketch comedy performer, actor Hugh Laurie would eventually make his name as a gifted dramatic actor in the United States. As a member of the Footlights Club at Cambridge, Laurie was able to hone comedic chops that later served him well on such British shows as "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" (BBC2/BBC1, 1989-1995), "Jeeves and Wooster" (ITV, 1990-93), and the famed "Blackadder" series. He made his feature film debut in Emma Thompson's "Sense and Sensibility" (1995), which she adapted and starred in. Making strides in Hollywood via kiddie movies, he appeared in "101 Dalmatians" (1996) and "Stuart Little" (1999). Despite years of steady work on both sides of the pond, Laurie remained an unknown to most Americans until he landed the leading role on the hit series "House, M.D." (Fox, 2004-2012), in which he played the misanthropic, cantankerous Dr. Gregory House. For several seasons, Laurie portrayed the Vicodin-riddled genius able to diagnose rare diseases using unorthodox means with flair, turning Dr. House into one of the most complex and well-liked characters in small screen history. Over the years, he earned numerous awards and nominations for the role, which allowed the previously unknown Laurie to become a beloved American fixture on television.